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Last Exit to Springfield 

Homer becomes union leader and leads a company strike when Mr. Burns takes away the company dental plan.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Window Cleaner / Worker / Gummy Joe / Droopy-Voiced Man / Ringo / Monkey / Photographer / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Donut Woman / Quigley (voice)
Lisa Simpson / Child at Dentist's (voice)
Movie Villain / Football Player / Dr. Wolff / Carl / Diamond Thief / Donut Man / George / Crusher / Bumblebee Man / Chief Wiggum / Robots (voice)
McBain / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Burns' Grandfather / Lenny / Wrestling Emcee / Paul / Goon / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman (voice)
Dr. Joyce Brothers (voice) (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)


Mr. Burns revokes the dental plan from the power plant's union contract, and when Homer realizes that he'll now have to pay for Lisa's new braces, he leads the power plant employees on a strike, while Mr. Burns struggles to put an end to the rioting. Written by anonymous

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

11 March 1993 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

| (seasons 3-19)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The producers tried to get several celebrities to play the creepy orthodontist, including Anthony Hopkins and Clint Eastwood, but to no avail. Finally, Anthony Perkins agreed, but passed away before it ever happened. Hank Azaria wound up playing the role. See more »


The nitrous oxide cylinder at the end of the episode is marked N²O. Chemical formulas use subscript for numbers, at least nowadays (the original Berzeluis notation used superscript and was still used during the first half of the 20th century). See more »


[doorbell rings]
Homer: Who is it?
Male Voice: Goons.
Homer: Who?
Male Voice: Hired goons.
Homer: [opening door] Hired Goons?
[the goons grab Homer roughly and take him away. One steps back into the doorway and shakes his tie. They take him to Burns' Mansion]
Mr. Burns: Ah, Homer. I hope "Crusher" and "Low Blow" didn't hurt you.
Homer: Y'know, you could have just called me.
Mr. Burns: Oh yes, but the telephone is so impersonal. I prefer the hands-on touch you only get with hired goons.
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Spoofs Batman (1966) See more »


Union Strike Folk Song
Written by Jay Kogen, Jeff Martin, and Wallace Wolodarsky
Performed by Yeardley Smith
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Man of the people
23 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my very favorite Simpsons episodes; smart, witty and very much in the show's wheelhouse. Homer becomes the unlikely union president in a struggle to keep the company dental plan, and it's a great showcase for both his buffoonery and Mr. Burns' cackling villainy.

Really, this thing's just a one-liner factory (and oddly enough, most of them go to Dan Castellaneta rather than Hank Azaria), culminating in one of the best:

"Smithers, I'm beginning to think that Homer Simpson was not the brilliant tactician I thought he was."

And more than just outright laughs, it's also sweetly affecting. It's fantastic.


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